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10 of the most ridiculous TV shows to have ever existed

TV shows are an important part of our daily existence, they tend to be what gets you through the tough times in life and can play a large part in altering your mood in just a matter of minutes. But while there are too many incredible TV shows to mention, there is also plenty of bizarre concepts that appear on our television.

Whether its insane game shows, strange reality TV or very odd documentaries, TV has had some peculiar programmes appear on it over the years. Take a look at the list below for some of the most weird and wonderful things that have appeared on television.

1. Embarrassing Bodies

So you've got something wrong with you and it's pretty bad. It could be something like loads of mould growing on your arse, or a massive wart where you don't want it to be. Naturally, because you're really embarrassed by it, you decide to go on a TV programme which is broadcast to millions of people to show it off. Embarrassing bodies is an award-winning programme in which members of the public reveal their most bizarre bodily issues in return for some medical advice. It's disgusting, cringeworthy, and incredibly hard to watch, but it's also fascinating television.

2. Takeshi's Castle

Right, I think that this is one of the greatest programmes to have ever been created, although it is also completely mental and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If you've never seen Takeshi's Castle, firstly, what the hell have you been doing with your life? Secondly, here is the basic premise: Essentially, there is a man called Takeshi, who is a count and owns a castle. He sets up difficult challenges for players to attempt (a volunteer army hoping to overthrow his kingdom), but the challenges are absolutely ridiculous. The final showdown features the army driving around in little carts firing water guns and is the best thing you'll ever see on telly.

3. Naked Attraction

This is not a show to watch with your parents. Naked attraction caused a lot of controversy when it first aired on UK screens in 2016 due to its scenes of full-frontal nudity. The shows premise is simple: a clothed person selects two contestants from six naked people, whose bodies are revealed in stages, from the feet up. The person who is doing the deciding then has to appear nude in front of the selected duo in order to select one of them for a fully clothed date. It is completely and utterly ridiculous and can be incredibly difficult to watch.

4. Man Vs. Beast

Man Vs. Beast is exactly what it says on the tin and featured a range of Z-List celebrities going up against animals in multiple different challenges. The season saw the likes of a bear having to take part in a hot dog eating contest and 44 dwarfs pulling a jet in a race against an Elephant. Unsurprisingly, the show was massively criticised by animal rights campaigners, but FOX still went ahead and commissioned it for a second series. A UK version was set to premiere in 2003, however, after several protests by animal rights groups, the release of the series was postponed indefinitely.

5. Armed & Famous

Another stupid show involving celebrities, Armed & Famous followed five celebrities as they trained to become reserve police officers for the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Indiana, followed by graduation. The series starred Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, Trish Stratus, and Wee Man from Jackass. Highlights of the series, which only lasted one season, included seeing all of the celebrities getting tasered (because, why not?). However, the show faced a major lawsuit after Jackson and Osbourne were involved in a police operation in which they forcefully entered into the wrong house and questioned a suspect about something she knew nothing about.

6. Bergensbanen: Minutt for Minutt

In what has to be one of the most boring television programmes ever made, Bergensbanen: Minutt for Minutt was a seven hour epic about a train ride. Yep, 2009 saw the 100th birthday of Norway's Bergen railway, so in order to honour this monumental event, TV producers decided to broadcast the whole journey from Bergen to Oslo live. Incredibly, the show was a major success, despite the fact that there was no plot or dialogue, with over 1.2 million people tuning in to watch the journey.

7. Touch The Truck

A pretty self explanatory show, touch the truck is a game show where, unsurprisingly, you have to touch a truck. However, there is a twist: in order to win this show, you have to touch the truck for longer than all the other competitors. Obstacles that you are likely to face are needing the toilet and needing to sleep. It was presented by the king of rubbish game shows Dale Winton, and even featured a live webcam for those of you who wanted to watch people touching trucks for 24hrs a day.

8. Bridalplasty

I mean if there has ever been a programme that sums up everything that is wrong with modern society, this was it. Bridalplasty featured 12 women competing with each other to get the wedding, and plastic surgery, of their dreams. The women all had a plastic surgery wishlist, and the winner of each week's wedding themed task would get one procedure off their list. The overall winner of the show got the wedding of their dreams as well as the full list of procedures. In a bizarre twist, the husband-to-be wouldn't see his wife until the day of the wedding, meaning he was marrying a woman who looked completely different from the one he proposed to.

9. The Littlest Groom 

One of those shows where you would've liked to have been a fly on the wall when they decided that this was a good idea. The Littlest Groom followed salesman Glen Foster, a 4'5" little person, in his search for love with a group of both little women and women of average stature. The series lasted two episodes and was heavily criticised for its "latter day freak show" dimensions and "carnival like" quality.

10. Find The Chair

One you can play at home and a strong ending to this list, Find The Chair sounds easy, but is anything but. The contestant is blindfolded while a man in incredibly clean white trousers moves around the room, carefully deciding where to plonk down a chair. Once he has decided on the perfect spot, white-trouser-man will slam the chair down to let the contestant know the rough direction of the chair, and it is then game on. As you can see in the clip above, while the game made sound simple, and frankly rubbish, it can have hilarious results.

There you have it, 10 of the most ridiculous shows on television. If you've ever got seven hours to kill, at least you know you can watch a train ride in Norway... thank me later.

  • Sep
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  • Jake Taylor